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Fadiman Social Documentaries

Oscar nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's documentaries focus on social issues including education, women's rights, HIV prevention, and abortion. View a selection of her films here.

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All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG) and community media stations have permission to broadcast any of Dorothy Fadiman's films.

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Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers
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When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories illuminates a largely undocumented era, from the end of the 19th century through the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts, which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Until recently, the era of illegal abortion had been a "sealed chapter" in U.S. women's history. The aura of shame surrounding...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Academy Award, Oscar, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women's...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman with KTEH-TV (PBS)
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This award-winning film features nine unique schools, both public and private, California to East Harlem. In these unique schools relationship, creative thinking, and direct experience are valued above memorization of facts. As we struggle with issues of how to provide a quality education for all children, we might look to these successful schools where teachers, students, parents and administrators are involved in creating supportive educational environments. All public, educational, and...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Tom Peters, PBS, KTEH, school, education, private school, public school, Peninsula...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Kristin Atwell
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eye 14,339
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comment 1
WOMAN BY WOMAN documents progressive change for women in some of the least developed villages of India. Vivid images portray the humanity of the people, the beauty of the countryside, as well as the toll of centuries of poverty. We meet courageous women who are coming out of seclusion in order to serve in their communities by teaching other women about family planning resources. We also meet family members who support these efforts - a village husband who works side-by-side with his wife, in a...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Academy Award, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women's rights,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Katie Peterson
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Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance distills key moments from each of the three films in the OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning 2½ hour series CHOICE: From the Back-Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond. Through first person stories, this documentary brings alive the history of the struggle for women's reproductive rights in the United States. Intimate interviews reveal the passion of those who moved abortion from the danger of the back alleys to a safe, legal choice. This film also includes...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Power of Choice, Erika Luckett, Katie Peterson reproductive rights, women,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers
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eye 7,206
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From DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion: Even though most abortions were illegal in the United States before 1973, they were still available. The outcome, however, often depended on a woman's financial situation. Most women who sought abortions risked their lives by going to practitioners who had little or no medical training. Hospital wards were filled with victims of unsafe procedures. There were some skilled physicians who agreed to terminate pregnancies for their wealthy private...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Concentric Media, Emmy Award, reproductive rights, women, women's rights,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Robert Pacelli
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eye 6,429
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CELEBRATION re-enacts the symbolic union between male and female forces within one individual. Unique special effects recreate the inner experience of transformation through original music, images, and dance. The resulting union gives birth to a vibrant, integrated sense of Self. All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG) and community media stations have permission to broadcast this film and any of Dorothy Fadiman's other films.
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Topics: Celebration, Pyramid Films, Dorothy Fadiman, Robert Pacelli, music, light, images, special effects,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Michael Wiese
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eye 5,733
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At a time when inter-cultural understanding is increasingly fragile, RADIANCE affirms the presence of a universally shared experience. Striking natural images, unusual special effects, and poetic narration are woven together with a wide range of musical selections to develop an evocative documentary on light, from the physical to the metaphysical. Through religion, philosophy, art, and architecture, RADIANCE documents the story of light as a universal symbol of life to people from many...
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Topics: radiance, light, spiritual, religion, art, mysticism, cosmology, architecture, poetry, personal,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Anilise Hyllmon
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A film by Emmy winning film maker Dorothy Fadiman. It is the documentary of Molly Hale, who suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile rollover, and after being told there was no hope for movement below her shoulders, proceeded to rehabilitate herself and continues to recover. "Moment By Moment" is Molly's inspiring story, of disabilities, health and healing, attitude, choice and intention, sex, intimacy, and relationships. It is also a story about Molly's partner, Jeramy Hale,...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, spinal cord injury, spinal cord recovery, rehabilitation, health, healing, sex and...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Kristin Atwell
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eye 4,023
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comment 1
Hindi language version. WOMAN by WOMAN documents the story of progressive change for women in some of the least developed villages of India. Vivid images portray the humanity of the people, the beauty of the countryside, as well as the poignant toll of centuries old poverty. We meet courageous women who are coming out of seclusion in order to serve in their communities by teaching other women about family planning resources. We also meet family members who support these efforts - a village...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Academy Award, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women's rights,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Amy Hill
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In Ethiopia, the AIDS epidemic has left more than one million children without parents. Compassionate groups and individuals have taken on responsibility to raise and care for not only family members and neighbors, but also unique orphanages. This film explores the stories of these caregivers, and the young people for whom they care. Through the films, the viewer is able to "visit" with these children in their new homes for a birthday party, a meal together, a day at school, and much...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Children, orphans, orphanages, family, neighbors, community, responsibility, caring, compassion,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Katie Peterson
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Introduced by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers. The film is in Spanish, with Spanish narration and subtitles. This riveting films brings alive the history of the struggle for women's reproductive rights in the US and the chilling facts about the current threat to those rights. Intimate interviews reveal the passion of people who moved abortion from the danger of the back alleys to a safe, legal choice. All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG)...
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Topics: Spanish, Spanish version, Spanish language, Spanish narration, Spanish subtitles, Dolores Huerta,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Matthew Luotto
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This film follows Ethiopians who are working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through education. Modes of communication, such as radio, television, and print media, provide basic information about becoming infected with the virus. Prevention education also comes alive in other settings, including street theater, coffee ceremonies, and funeral gatherings. This film explores the work of Ethiopians committed to controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS, while promoting respect and compassion for those...
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Topics: Radio, television, print media, prevention education, street theater, coffee ceremonies, funeral...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Beth Seltzer, Kristin Atwell
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This compelling documentary examines the erosion of abortion rights and access in the U.S. today. Medical and surgical abortions are still technically legal and available in most states. However, safe, legal procedures still remain out of reach for many women. Cost factors, travel distance, and strict legislation create barriers to access, particularly for low-income women. Intimate interviews with abortion providers, clinic workers, and the women who seek their services reveal the impact of...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women’s rights, abortion, abortion...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Amy Hill
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eye 2,806
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Nearly 60% of HIV+ individuals in Ethiopia are women. UNAIDS has estimated that approximately three quarters of all women infected with HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, there were approximately 12 million women living with HIV and AIDS, compared to about 8.2 million men. (source) Gender bias and the biology of transmission have led to women being more vulnerable than men to become infected. Poverty, lack of access to education, and violence against women increase the risk. This...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Risk, action, women, gender bias, biology of transmission, vulnerable, poverty, violence against...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers
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eye 2,779
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From DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion: Even though most abortions were illegal in the United States before 1973, they were still available. The outcome, however, often depended on a woman's financial situation. Most women who sought abortions risked their lives by going to practitioners who had little or no medical training. Hospital wards were filled with victims of unsafe procedures. There were some skilled physicians who agreed to terminate pregnancies for their wealthy private...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Concentric Media, Emmy Award, reproductive rights, women, women's rights,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Gayle Michel, Kristin Atwell
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Fix-it Shops takes an affectionate look behind the scenes at a small neighborhood business, which repairs small appliances. In this intimate portrait, viewers meet the people whose dedication, patience, and skills contribute to their own community. This form of “recycling” adds significantly to the urban ecosystem by reducing unnecessary waste in landfills. All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG) and community media stations have permission to broadcast this...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Gayle Michel, Kristin Atwell, Menlo Park, recycling, repair, small appliances,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Bruce O'Dell
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STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from the U.S. presidential election of 2004 – plus startling stories from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Unbiased and nonpartisan, the film sheds light on a decade of vote counts that don't match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, under-votes and many other examples of election totals that warrant serious investigation. Throughout STEALING AMERICA, we hear from voters who experienced a wide...
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Topics: Stealing America, Vote, electronic voting machines, elections, exit polls, rigging, vote-switching,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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Certain populations of men, such as truck drivers and soldiers, are among those more vulnerable to infection. These men are learning that unprotected sex leads to the spread of HIV/AIDS. As a result of intensive education programs in Ethiopia, individuals from within these groups now practice safer sex and are able to teach others about prevention. This film documents outreach efforts by and for men of all ages, from all walks of life. All public, educational, and government access television...
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Topics: Men, truck drivers, soldiers, spreading HIV/AIDS, education programs, safe sex, teaching, learning....
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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eye 2,376
favorite 1
comment 1
Nearly 60% of HIV+ individuals in Ethiopia are women. UNAIDS has estimated that approximately three quarters of all women infected with HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, there were approximately 12 million women living with HIV and AIDS, compared to about 8.2 million men. (source) Gender bias and the biology of transmission have led to women being more vulnerable than men to become infected. Poverty, lack of access to education, and violence against women increase the risk. This...
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Topics: Risk, action, women, gender bias, biology of transmission, vulnerable, poverty, violence against...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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This film documents courageous HIV + individuals, who are stepping forward and speaking out, despite the risk of social stigma. They are taking this risk in order to improve the lives of others living with the disease, and hopefully communicate the danger of infection from unprotected sexual contact. Some are becoming active in their communities, working to reduce discrimination and secure better services. This film details their stories and profiles groups that provide counseling, income...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Silence, social stigma, discrimination, services, counseling, support, community outreach,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers
movies
eye 2,332
favorite 1
comment 3
This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Remembrances include those of women who experienced illegal abortions, doctors who risked imprisonment and loss of their licenses for providing illegal abortions, and individuals who broke the law by helping women find safe abortions. All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG) and...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Academy Award, Oscar, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women's...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Amy Hill
movies
eye 2,307
favorite 0
comment 1
This film documents courageous HIV + individuals, who are stepping forward and speaking out, despite the risk of social stigma. They are taking this risk in order to improve the lives of others living with the disease, and hopefully communicate the danger of infection from unprotected sexual contact. Some are becoming active in their communities, working to reduce discrimination and secure better services. This film details their stories and profiles groups that provide counseling, income...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Silence, social stigma, discrimination, services, counseling, support, community outreach,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Matthew Luotto
movies
eye 2,213
favorite 0
comment 1
This film follows Ethiopians who are working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through education. Modes of communication, such as radio, television, and print media, provide basic information about becoming infected with the virus. Prevention education also comes alive in other settings, including street theater, coffee ceremonies, and funeral gatherings. This film explores the work of Ethiopians committed to controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS, while promoting respect and compassion for those...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Radio, television, print media, prevention education, street theater, coffee ceremonies, funeral...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Matt Luotto
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eye 2,210
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RECLAIMING Their VOICE: The Native American Vote in New Mexico & Beyond (42 min.) Narrated by PETER COYOTE, this film is OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning, filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman’s latest documentary. "RECLAIMING Their VOICE" follows Native Americans in New Mexico taking a stand against injustice in the political process. Personal stories demonstrate how minority communities are using their voting rights as they participate more fully in elections. These stories capture a...
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Topics: Native American, disenfranchised, Dorothy Fadiman, Matthew Luotto, history, reservation, pueblo,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Parish Digital Video Productions
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BREATHE EASY is a film is about a woman living an active, positive life with the handicap of severe COPD/emphysema. The film documents the fact that she brings her supplemental oxygen tank with her as she teaches, participates in exercise class and goes to the supermarket. Her example, of living an active life with this challenge, becomes an invitation for anyone at any age with any condition to live as fully as possible. Even with a physical problem, a person is still free to choose how to...
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Topics: oxygen, Breathe, COPD, SilverSneakers, Silver Sneakers, Emphysema, aging, Lois Perelman,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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comment 1
In Ethiopia, the AIDS epidemic has left more than one million children without parents. Compassionate groups and individuals have taken on responsibility to raise and care for not only family members and neighbors, but also unique orphanages. This film explores the stories of these caregivers, and the young people for whom they care. Through the films, the viewer is able to "visit" with these children in their new homes for a birthday party, a meal together, a day at school, and much...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Children, orphans, orphanages, family, neighbors, community, responsibility, caring, compassion,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Shenaz Zack
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eye 1,837
favorite 0
comment 2
Certain populations of men, such as truck drivers and soldiers, are among those more vulnerable to infection. These men are learning that unprotected sex leads to the spread of HIV/AIDS. As a result of intensive education programs in Ethiopia, individuals from within these groups now practice safer sex and are able to teach others about prevention. This film documents outreach efforts by and for men of all ages, from all walks of life. All public, educational, and government access television...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Men, truck drivers, soldiers, spreading HIV/AIDS, education programs, safe sex, teaching, learning....
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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This compelling documentary examines the erosion of abortion rights and access in the U.S. today. Medical and surgical abortions are still technically legal and available in most states. However, safe, legal procedures still remain out of reach for many women. Cost factors, travel distance, and strict legislation create barriers to access, particularly for low-income women. Intimate interviews with abortion providers, clinic workers, and the women who seek their services reveal the impact of...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women’s rights, abortion, abortion...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Matthew Luotto, Keith Parish
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comment 1
SHATTERING the MYTH of AGING celebrates seniors who participate in a full range of athletic activities. The impressive result is that these men and women become stronger and more active, rather than less, as the years go by. The story follows a man in his 70s, who has won more than 200 Senior State and Regional medals. We watch as he and other seniors discover that, with attention, their bodies continue to learn new skills....
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Topics: dorothy fadiman, matthew luotto, ron chilton, keith parish, senior games, senior olympics,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman
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WORLD PEACE is a Local Issue opens with these words: "In a democracy, the most important office is that of the private citizen." Justice Louis Brandeis.  The film documents how local efforts can impact national issues. The story begins in 1983 showing actions, worldwide, toward reining in escalation of the nuclear arms race. In a suburban community, 300 people show up, petitioning their City Council to pass a Nuclear Freeze. Their impassioned pleas overcome Council resistance,...
Topics: Activism, anti-nuclear, anti-war, citizen activists, citizen lobbyists, cold war era, democracy,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Michael Wiese
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Fruit d’une expérience personnelle, Rayonnement se veut le récit de la lumière à travers les âges. Savant mélange d’images historiques et culturelles, de musique et de narration poétique, ce documentaire retrace l’histoire et la place ou la lumière au côté de l’homme depuis la nuit des temps doit garder sur tous les plans : arts, religion, culture, psychologie, philosophie. Primée de nombreuses fois pour ce film, Dorothy Fadiman nous invite à voyager à travers les mondes...
Topics: Rayonnement, radiance, french, version, subtitles, fadiman, dorothy, wiese, michael, Lisa Konczal,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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SHATTERING the MYTH of AGING celebrates seniors who participate in a full range of athletic activities. The impressive result is that these men and women become stronger and more active, rather than less, as the years go by. The story follows a man in his 70s, who has won more than 200 Senior State and Regional medals. We watch as he and other seniors discover that, with attention, their bodies continue to learn new skills.
Topics: shattering, the myth, aging, fadiman, dorothy, parish, keith, lutto, matt, matthew, senior games,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
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People who offer unconditional loving support to someone with a disability can transform a challenged person's life from a struggle to a meaningful journey. In this film, a blind, brain injured woman lives a full life because of the quality of attention she receives from her parents, sister and helpers.
Topics: gill, annie, steve, brain injury, music, singing